March 31, 2008

Love This Commercial...

DVF is such a classy lady.

March 27, 2008

New For Spring! Cute Flat Sandals...

Lots of cute styles. Piperlime flat sandals range in price from $40 to over $300. Click the pic to browse and shop.
Check out even more flat sandal styles over at Amazon.

March 26, 2008

Sandals Over Tights.. Cute, or Not Cute?

I'm the first one to admit the loathsome nature of certain "fashion rules". Like not wearing white after Labor Day... please, says who?!!! But this one here.. sandals over tights.. I don't know. Maybe I'm looking at it all wrong, because it's just not jumping out at me. What do ya'll think? Cute, or not cute?

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March 21, 2008

Happy Easter!

And Happy Good Friday today! My apologies for the 11th hour status of this post (Easter is THIS Sunday...), but click the pic above for some wonderful, warm, springtime Easter Sunday dress ideas!
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

March 19, 2008

My Love Affair With Scarves...

You know, I can't really pinpoint exactly when I started wearing scarves on the regular. Or when I started to buy them in every possible color out of control. But I do know this. I love, love, lovity, love scarves! And I purchased 2 additional ones recently while in Los Angeles for Fashion Week. I now have striped ones, plaid ones, floral ones, wool ones, linen ones and many solid colored ones.. brown, white, powder blue, hot pink, pale yellow and a summer green one with a delicate platinum stripe that I wore the other day with a casual t-shirt and jeans. I wear them dressed up, and I wear them dressed down. It's a fabulous casual, chic look. Particularly when you're wearing a neutral color palette, say black, beige or white, a scarf in a colorful solid or print can give you that perfect pop of color! Or if you're cold-natured, it's a great accessory to have on hand.  But don't let my enthusiasm for scarves sway you, I wanna know what you think about the scarf trend. Do you like it? Hate it? Don't care? Would you wear it? I wanna know your style verdict.

March 17, 2008

The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show...

The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion show got my vote for the show with the highest energy. And the best swag, lol! There were a total of 6 designers that showed their sustainable fashion ["M" The Movement, Lady Muse, Andira Rain Tees, Lilikoi, Vintage China, and Rene Geneva Design]. Bamboo plants lined the stage and were given away generously at the end of the show. The whole event was very entertaining, educational and informational. More pics and video from the show below.

Photo credit: Ron Ward

L.A. Fashion Week: Scenes From Lauren Conrad...

No frills, or extras at Lauren Conrad's fashion show. She displayed simple, basic pieces, a perfect backdrop to complementing with your own accessories.

(above) Photo credit: Ron Ward

Also shop for more Lauren Conrad at Shop Intuition.

March 15, 2008

L.A .Fashion Week: Scenes From Joseph Domingo..

A few screen shots from San Francisco based designer Joseph Domingo's fashion show at L.A. Fashion Week...

If you've been a fan of "America's Next Top Model", then you should recognize the model at the far right in all black (above).

See more at

Photo credit: Ron Ward

March 14, 2008

Backstage With New Designer Alexis LaMontagna...

I had the chance to speak briefly with new designer Alexis LaMontagna before her debut fall runway show at Los Angeles Fashion Week, and although she was just a tad nervous, she couldn't have been sweeter. My interview with her and scenes from her show below:

Me: First of all, congratulations on your line, this is your first time showing, right?

Alexis: It is my first time ever, my first collection ever..

Me: And you graduated from Otis (College of Art & Design)?

Alexis: I actually didn't graduate, I went for a little while but I didn't graduate. It was very tough.
Me: Yeah, well design school is way tougher than a lot of people might think, wouldn't you say?

Alexis: Design school is brutal! It was very tough.

Me: I know, right?! I went to FIDM, and you go in thinking that it's gonna be a cake walk and it's NOT.

Alexis: No, you're right! Design school is a lot of work.

Me: So what can we expect from your first line?

Alexis: Well, my vision for this collection was kind of a goth glamour, a little bit of Jean Harlow, but still very goth.

Me: So are we gonna see lots of black, or did you incorporate some color into this line?

Alexis: You'll see a lot of black, but there's also some red. Mainly black and red.

Me: Ok, I have a question for you, kind of off-topic. As a brand new designer, how do you feel about all the celebrities that are coming out with clothing lines and the impact that may have on newer designers out there, such as yourself?

Alexis: You know what, I'm not a hater, I think... why not? I think that they're cool.

Me: So you don't think that it [celeb clothing lines] impacts designers at all at some level?

Alexis: Well sure, I mean, if you have a celebrity that's gonna back a line and wear the clothing, then yeah, there's automatically gonna be lots of girls that are gonna wanna dress like them and look like them, so of course it does have an impact.
Me: Where do you see your clothing in the next few years after the showing of your first line?

Alexis: I am just very interested in growing my line and growing up, and having my line grow with me.
Me: Ok, well I can't wait to see what you're sending down the runway later.

Alexis: Thank you so much!

Photo Credit: Ron Ward

March 12, 2008

FashionWeek At Smashbox Studios: A Few Scenes..

Taken with my phone...

L.A. Fashion Week Tent with my "staff photographer" smack in the middle of the photo, lol!

The lineup for Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios

Mercedes Benz, Fashion Week's Sponsor

The Smashbox booth

Before the first show (Imasu by Kellynishimoto)

Debbie Allen's Dance Studio across the street from Smashbox Studios

More coverage to come (Alexis LaMontagna, Joseph Domingo, Lauren Conrad, The Green Initiative & Jenny Han) along with my personal thoughts on Fashion Week in L.A. Stay tuned!

March 10, 2008

LA Fashion Week: Kellynishimoto's Girly Looks...

My 5 year old niece Autumn had a conversation with me not too long ago about the bows that she wears in her hair and she was expressing her dislike of their massive size. I think her exact words to me were, "sometimes the bows in my hair are so big, I can't even believe it!" I couldn't help but laugh at that while telling her mother (my brother's wife Nicole) about her feelings on the matter. And we both had a good chuckle about the whole situation. It was funny! I guess Autumn felt big bows in her hair were for "little" girls, and she was trying to make the assertion that she was no longer in that category. I said all that to say this. When we're younger, we often try to escape our childhood and youth before it's time. So when we're older, it's probably only natural that we want to rush back to anything that reminds us of being a little girl. And I for one, don't see anything wrong with that!

Imasu by Kellynishimoto kicked off Los Angeles Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios with a collection of very young, bright, girly looks. She showcased lots of big bows (loved those), ruffles, and embellished looks in a rich fall palette of color. When the first look (the grey knit sweater with the BIG black bow, above) came down the runway, I remember saying to myself, (OMG! I love it.) Other looks I liked were a red sequined, strappy cocktail dress she did and a short black mini dress with pockets accented with oversized buttons. Nice.

March 7, 2008

Los Angeles Fashion Week Kicks Off March 9!

L. A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios kicks off Sunday March 9 and goes through Thursday March 13 and we're leaving for the west coast this weekend to cover a handful of the shows.

A few of the designers showing in Los Angeles:

Imasu by Kellynishimoto
Lauren Conrad from "The Hills"
Joseph Domingo
Falguni & Shane Peacock
The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show [VIDEO]
& Jenny Han just to name a few!

Add to that a long, overdue visit to my alma mater, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising among other big things poppin', it's gonna be a super busy week! I'm really looking to be inspired... so stay tuned for more L.A. Fashion Week (Fall/Winter '08) coverage from Hip Candy!

Scenes from L. A. Fashion Week Spring/08 below:

March 6, 2008

How FUN Is This Dress?!

Seriously, how cute is this dress? I must own it! And at only $39.99, this sweet little number is a part of Target's newest Go International line designed by California based design duo Jovovich-Hawk.

Click here or here to browse & shop for more Jovovich-Hawk at Target.

March 5, 2008

Fierce! Christian Wins Project Runway Season 4...

Christian Siriano was declared the winner of Project Runway Season 4. And in his words.. What? Did you even doubt? Lol! Christian didn't have the most wearable collection, but in my opinion, it was the most creative. Jillian's showcase was fun, feminine and very wearable, and Rami's work was excellently crafted with his drapes, folds and weaving, but Christian's pieces took lots of imagination which was exciting to see. And he's such a young talent! Congrats to him.

Who Will Win Project Runway Season 4?

Who do you think will take the big prize tonight on the Season Finale of Project Runway? The 3 finalists are below each showing a look from their NY Fashion Week Runway Show...

Christian Siriano
Rami Kashou

Jillian Lewis
(and is her model ANTM Cycle 8 Winner, Jaslene?)

The Project Runway finale airs tonight on BRAVO.

March 4, 2008

Don't Forget To Get Out & Vote Today!

If you live in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island or Vermont, make your voice heard today! 
Get out and vote.

March 3, 2008

Tips On How To Wear A Wide Leg Pant...

Great tips on how to wear wide legged pants for those of us with shorter legs...

Source: Mystyle